If you think that no one is safe from the path of Hurricane Kanye when he gets his feud blinders on, think again.
Last week, satirical website The Daily Currant published a mock interview in which Kanye West made abundant comparisons between himself and recently deceased former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. The piece, which jokingly quoted Kanye as saying, “I am the next Nelson Mandela” and “I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever,” was quickly passed around the internet, sparking ire in many who read it.
While Kanye has certainly made bold claims regarding his accomplishments in the past, comparing himself to Shakespeare, Jesus, and God himself, he took to Twitter to inform fans that even he wasn’t classless enough to start comparing himself to the political icon mere days after his death.
“I'd like to address the false stories and noise that have been engineered by the media,” Kanye wrote. “Despite recent media reports, I've never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders. At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind. Thank you, Mandela, for your life's work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future.”
What do you think of Kanye’s approach to handling this issue? Are you surprised the quotes weren’t his?